Making herpetological coloring pages for kids

I recently posted a bunch of printable pdf coloring pages for kids on the main mister-toad website. They were easy and fun to make. Here is how I did it:

I start with a photo of some charismatic animal, usually an amphibian, reptile or insect. For example, this picture of a calling make gray treefrog is one of my favorites.

Male Gray Treefrog

I opened it up in photoshop elements, and made an outline in a separate layer. Then I deleted the background, so just the outline was left.

Photoshop processing

I resized the outline, and saved it as a pdf.

Gray Treefrog Coloring Page

Then just print, and it is ready to color! Here is the coloring page transformed into a “fire-fighting tree frog”!

Gray Treefrog Coloring Page

Here is one showing a cottonmouth snake:

Cottonmouth Coloring Page

And here is another showing a larval tiger salamander:
Tiger Salamander Coloring Page

Have a favorite … or a request? Let me know!

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2 Responses to Making herpetological coloring pages for kids

  1. Angela says:

    We have a very large plant pot which we made into a water feature and for the past 5 or 6 years Pacific Chorus Frogs arrive, sing, and lay eggs. Is it possible or likely that it is the same male and/or female who come each year?
    I like your idea for creating your own colouring sheets.
    Thanks for your help.

    • mfbenard says:

      Hi Angela,

      That’s great that you have pacific chorus frogs enjoying your water feature! If you have photos, I’d be happy to post them on my blog – email mfbenard (at)

      Pacific Chorus Frogs can live over 5 years in captivity, so it is possible that the same frogs come each year. However, there is a high mortality rate for these frogs in nature. Only about 20% of the adults survive from one year to the next. So it is pretty unlikely that it is the same individual frogs coming each year for five years. But it wouldn’t surprise me if some of the frogs breeding this year had bred in your water feature last year.


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